Dr. Harry F. and Vera K. Stark Endowed International Student Support Fund
Monday, May 01, 2023

Priority given to incoming students

Mary Stark Botteon, together with her parents' close friends and colleagues, created this student support fund to honor the legacy of the late Professor Harry F. Stark and his wife Vera K. Stark. Harry and Vera each had a very pronounced impact in shaping the Institute of Management and Labor Relations (precursor to SMLR) when it was created in 1947, as two of its original core employees. Vera, as public program coordinator, was the first professional woman employed in the Institute; Harry, with a Ph.D. in Economics, specialized in labor education and labor relations in addition to human resource management. The Starks had particular interest in making international graduate students feel personally welcome and were committed to providing many opportunities to enhance the cultural and educational experience of students far from their homes around the globe. This endowment was created in the Starks’ honor and with the intention to continue to provide these cultural and educational opportunities to graduate students enrolled in a SMLR program.

This award will be used to support international students enrolled in a SMLR graduate program in either the HRM Department or the LSER Department. Students must be enrolled in a master's, Ph.D., or post-doctoral program. Awards are to be given at the discretion of the program administrator to foster hands-on experience for international students. This fund will further opportunities for students to gain exposure to U.S. culture, values and educational experiences in labor relations and human resource management.  Such experiences include, but are not limited to US travel, internship stipends, or other stipends that the program administrator deems appropriate related to the donors’ intent.  This scholarship includes matching funds from The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada (UA).

Special considerations: Student who has had a positive impact on the community within SMLR, across Rutgers, or outside the University.